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The Spirit Of Komla Shines Bright across Africa

The third Komla Dumor Award was announced last month in London. I was delighted to meet up with this year’s winner Waihiga Mwau from Nairobi and be in the audience to hear him present his first business show live from the BBC’s New Broadcasting House Theatre. He paid this tribute to this legend of African…

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African Skills Champion Bruno Brings A New Light

When Bruno Karaerua was in his house in rural Namibia doing his homework by candlelight he used to dream of bringing electric light to his village. Now he’s a fully trained Electrical engineer bringing power to his village and the rest of Namibia. I was lucky enough to hear Bruno’s success story when I attended…

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University of Central Lancashire’s African Dream Comes True

The University of Central Lancashire and its School of Journalism partners from three African Universities have hosted a major Symposium in Nairobi to discuss some key issues facing the future of African journalism. The Symposium brought together more than a hundred and sixty East African and International media leaders, editors, academics and young journalism students from…

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Reporting Africa Symposium

The University of Central Lancashire and its African partner universities are presenting a Journalism Symposium for media leaders and student journalists in Nairobi on June 27th. Themes will include Digital Journalism, story-telling and how we can collectively rewrite the African editorial narrative and learn from each other to create a new journalism for a new…

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Mount Kenya Is On The Move

Three students from Mount Kenya University have won a prize to visit BBC Headquarters in London after beating off stiff competition from twenty-two other university journalism schools in TV’s Top Story show. The three had braved weeks of various journalism challenges which culminated in a Grand Final at the Museum of Nariobi. Their winning story…

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Humanity & Inclusion

More than one hundred guests and supporters crowded into The Speaker’s Room at the House of Commons this month to hear the new UK International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt salute the work of Handicap International as it celebrates it’s new beginnings with a new name. HI became Humanity & Inclusion on January 24th to better reflect…

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Winning Gold At The Skills Olympics

In a world where youth unemployment continues to rise it has never been more important to help people get technical and vocational training. And that’s where the impressive Worldskills organisation comes in. I was delighted to be invited by Worldskills to take part in their Skills Olympics competition in Abu Dhabi where I saw more…

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The Future of Africa is in Good Hands

The fall of Robert Mugabe has put African leadership in the spotlight. Questions have been asked again about why this old generation of Leaders like Mugabe have failed their people repeatedly. One person trying to change that is Fred Swaniker, the Ghanaian entrepreneur, who’s created the African Leadership Network which aims to develop three million…

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Honoured To Be At Cambridge Africa Society!

Earlier this summer I was invited to chair a panel at Cambridge University’s Africa Society. The Africa Together conference covered a lot of topics and its at events like these where you’re reminded of the talent and energy of Africa’s young people and the continent’s great potential. I was flattered to receive this beautiful plaque…

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